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Establishing your acting career entails developing all aspects of your performing skills, but more than that, it means ...
Establishing your acting career entails developing all aspects of your performing skills, but more than that, it means learning how to manage your career as an ongoing business. Plenty of schools and books teach you how to hone specific areas of your talent, but only How to Be a Working Actor shows you the whole picture, from improving your image and your audition abilities to finding an agent and landing the roles; from surviving a screen test to making it through your first day on the set; from making your way around the big city to finding regional work.
Cowritten by a leading casting director/agent and a seasoned actress/author, How to Be a Working Actor is still the bible of The Biz, with an insider’s viewpoint on all the essentials: assembling a dynamic resume, taking the perfect headshot, understanding the unions, finding a “day job” to supplement your income, learning how to live on a budget in New York or Los Angeles, networking, and much more. Countless tips on wardrobe, makeup, interview skills, and character analysis demonstrate how you can look and act your best for any audition or acting situation. Dozens of industry professionals offer authoritative advice gleaned from decades of experience. Anyone seeking to become—or remain—a working actor needs a copy of this indispensable book.
There are many schools that can polish your talent, but only this actor's bible can help you manage your acting career like a business, have a successful audition -- and make your dreams come true. Written from the employer's perspective, this expanded edition reveals who the decision-makers are, how they do business, and what they look for when casting a role. You'll also learn how to select the right agent; deal with high living expenses; nurture yourself mentally and emotionally; more.